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New Zealand 2000 Guineas

Group I race
New Zealand 2000 Guineas
Location Riccarton Park
Christchurch, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Riccarton Park
Race information
Distance 1600m (1 mile)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set-Weights
Purse NZ$1 million

The 2000 Guineas is a set-weights Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses run over a distance of 1600 m at Riccarton Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. As of 2009, it is held on the first day of Christchurch's famous New Zealand Cup Week, which is the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup in November.

The 2000 Guineas is currently run for a purse of NZ$1 million.


Until 1973, both the New Zealand Oaks and the New Zealand Derby were run at Riccarton. When those races were moved to Trentham and Ellerslie respectively, Riccarton was awarded two new classic races, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas over 1600m. These races are based on those of the same name in the United Kingdom, run at Newmarket in the first weekend in May.

Both races have quickly established themselves on the New Zealand calendar. Among the best recent winners of the 2000 Guineas are Katie Lee, Darci Brahma, King's Chapel and Veandercross.

Winners of the New Zealand 2000 Guineas







2009 Katie Lee Opie Bosson G & D Rogerson Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan 1:34.91
2008 Tell A Tale Troy Harris Mark Walker Fortuna (No 5) Syndicate 1:34.28
2007 The Pooka Lisa Cropp John Wheeler Markwood Lodge 1:35.18
2006 Magic Cape Patrick Holmes Shaune Ritchie PC Alexandre et al. 1:38.08
2005 Darci Brahma Michael Walker Mark Walker Te Akau Stud 1:37.35
2004 Clean Sweep Michael Coleman M Moroney & A Scott MP Brown et al. 1:34.92
2003 King's Chapel Opie Bosson Mark Walker Tauranga Syndicate 1:36.34
2002 Hustler Noel Harris Paul Harris PW Jolly & JP Reid 1:35.64
2001 Master Belt Brian Hibberd Kevin Gray K & KA Gray 1:34.61
2000 Tit For Taat Hayden Tinsley W & A Herbert RI & WS Scott 1:37.37
1999 Buzz Lightyear Opie Bosson Robert Priscott TW, MT & CE Jarvis 1:35.09
1998 Danske Opie Bosson 1:34.41
1997 Foxwood Bruce Herd Roger James 1:34.24
1996 Hero Catherine Treymane Jim Campin 1:34.79
1995 Be Boss Robert Vance Jenny Vance 1:36.02
1994 Avedon Darryl Bradley 1:36.71
1993 Facing The Music Chris Johnson 1:35.69
1992 Hulastrike Lance O'Sullivan 1:34.14
1991 Veandercross Jim Walker 1:35.78
1990 Surfers Paradise D Lang Dave O'Sullivan 1:34.12
1989 Finnegan Fox Larry Cassidy 1:36.20
1988 Krona Peter Tims 1:34.53
1987 Weston Lea Tony Allan 1:35.54
1986 Steely Dan Gary Grylls 1:36.85
1985 Random Chance S Anderton 1:35.48
1984 Kingdom Bay Noel Harris 1:34.64
1983 Gaffa Grant Cooksley 1:35.42
1982 Clansman A Robinson 1:38.84
1981 Altitude Stephen Autridge 1:36.05
1980 Sir Avon 1:41.69
1979 Little Brown Jug
1978 Teddy Doon
1977 Uncle Remus Robert Vance Colin Jillings K F Clotworthy & Mrs G M Donaldson
1976 Vice Regal
1975 Balmerino Maurice Campbell Brian Smith Ralph K Stuart
1974 Persuasian
1973 Furys Order Brent Thomson


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